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Florence disaster help already on the way from Texoma

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Oncor electric crews get ready for the long ride to the Hurricane Florence impact zone. (KTEN) Oncor electric crews get ready for the long ride to the Hurricane Florence impact zone. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Oncor electric utility crews got ready for a long drive to the East Coast on Wednesday. They will be in place to help the region recover from Hurricane Florence.

"We'll have a contingency of about 100 people, and they'll be staged out of Nashville tomorrow night," said Oncor area manager Todd Thompson. "They'll be used as needed."

The workers spent most of the day Wednesday preparing their trucks to head out on Thursday morning. Their expertise will be essential to quickly restore damaged power lines and infrastructure.

They aren't the only Texomans standing by to help the victims of Hurricane Florence. Oklahoma Gas and Electric crews will also be in position to make a difference with a contingent 79 strong.

"Safety is our biggest consideration, and we've got a lot of miles to travel, a lot of stops to make for fuel and different things," OG&E storm lead Kenny McKenzie said.

The Choctaw Nation is also pitching in to help.

"All groups that we spoke with say they feel it's their duty to help each other when disasters like this strike," said Jeff Hansen of Choctaw Nation Emergency Management.

"This stuff is happening everywhere," North Texas Red Cross spokesman Doug Crowson added. "California has wildfires, Hawaii has volcanoes and floods, and Texas and North Carolina and South Carolina... so it's just everywhere now, so it's important for all of us to come together because it takes a lot of people for this to work."

If you have family or friends in the storm's target area, ask them to download the Red Cross app for information about shelters.

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